Being healthy should be our number one priority. If you can achieve this, mentally and physically you’ll feel great. With this comes clarity and balance and everyday living becomes a little easier. I’m not here to tell you what you should and shouldn’t do (although sometimes it may sound like it), but I am here to share with you my knowledge and experiences that allow me to lead a healthy and happy life and hope that it does the same for you.
I absolutely love pomegranate, not only because it’s a delicious fruit but also because it’s packed with goodness. To add to that, I love the colour! However I’ll admit I don’t eat it as often as I am lazy to peel it. Today I discovered how to peel this complex fruit…..and now I am going to be eating much more of this beautiful fruit.
Step 1: Cut off the crown, the protruding end of the pomegranate. Slice the fruit in to quarters from the crown to the stem.
Step 2: Fill a bowl with water. Take a piece of the fruit, submerge in water and remove the seeds from the membrane. The seeds will sink to the bottom.
Step 3: Scoop out the membrane pieces at the surface, and pour through a sieve.
And voilà. Peeling two pomegranates was super quick, clean and I got every seed from the fruit.
To be enjoyed by the whole family.
Making your own almond milk is so easy. I highly recommend including this milk in to your diet. There are numerous nutritional benefits, and safe for those who are intolerant to lactose or have allergies to casein and gluten.
Step 1: Soak 2 cups of almonds overnight or for about 8 hours. In the last hour remove the pits of 6 dates and place with the almonds. The dates are optional, to add a bit of sweetness.
2 cups of almonds will make about 1.5 to 2 litres of milk.
Step 2: Discard the water. Place 1 - 1 1/4 cups of almonds plus 3 dates in a blender. Add 3 cups of water. Blend for about 2 minutes. Note: The almonds will expand slightly during the soaking period, hence why I say about 1 - 1 1/4 cups.
Step 3: Place a sieve over a bowl, line with muslin cloth and pour the blended mixture in.
Step 4: Squeeze the milk through the cloth. Discard the remains (or you can make almond meal). Repeat from step 2 for the remaining almonds.
Step 5: I also like to add a bit of vanilla essence. Store the milk in jars. I keep 1 jar of milk in the fridge for immediate use, and store the rest in the freezer. Nut milk is very sensitive and keeps fresh for about 3 days. This varies depending on how cold your fridge is and how often you open it. As I like to make my milk in batches to save time, freezing is the best option. It does not alter the taste of the milk.
This morning my client asked me if I read about the fit mother of three kids with the headline “What’s your excuse?” She mentioned all the negative backlash towards it and so it prompted me to look it up and this is what I found:
WOW! And let me highlight, she is not a personal trainer by profession. In fact she runs two businesses, is the sole bread winner as her husband had a traumatic injury and is a mother of three.
These are some of the things that have been said about her:
"Those precious little things need their mommy more than they need you to have glamour muscles."
"Not that I need an excuse for not working out, but here’s mine you self-righteous idiot…fibromyalgia."
"You are part of the body shaming problem that is going on in North America and other parts of the world."
"You are a bully with a super inflated sense of your own self."
Clearly I can see where Maria Kang is coming from. She’s simply saying if I can do it, so can you. Meaning in whatever capacity you can. She in no way implies that all women should look like her, but that women should take the time to tend to their health. However, the women above clearly think otherwise.
This then made me think of another picture that caused a stir:
Criticism included calling Lea-Ann Ellison irresponsible and asking her why she would risk the health of her baby to stay in shape. Clearly the people commenting have no idea of Ellison’s fitness background and that exercise during pregnancy does more good than harm, of course you need to exercise according to your capacity.
Neither of these women’s intentions was to insult other women. In fact, the very opposite. Their intention is to inspire. In Kang’s case she wants women to know that there is no excuse not to make time for yourself. And in Ellison’s case, she wants women to know that pregnancy isn’t an illness and you can still continue to do what you love doing, and for her it’s crossfit.
At the end of the day it’s about personal goals. If Kang and Ellison stated that all women should look and lift weights like them, then comments are granted. But they have their goals, including inspiring people to achieve their own goals. And I take my hat off to these two truly inspiring women.